2017 Delaware Mini Medical School

Designed for individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the world of medicine, Mini-Medical School is a free, six-week series of lectures for adults of all ages and high school students co-sponsored with the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association. Attendees learn about important trends …

21st Annual Diabetes Update

Saturday, March 11, 2017 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. John H. Ammon Medical Education Center Christiana Hospital Campus Newark, Delaware Register online at http://cchs.cloud-cme.com/diabetes2017 Download complete brochure here. Continuing Physician Professional Development Continuing Medical Education Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program Videoconferencing will be available at the Virden …

28th Annual Update in Cardiology

March 3, 2017 7:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration and exhibits begin at 7:15 a.m. John H. Ammon Medical Education Center Christiana Hospital Campus Newark, DE (directions) Register online by Friday, February 24, 2017 at: https://cchs.cloud-cme.com/cardiology2017 Topics covered include: Hyperkalemia – How does it limit our treatment of heart failure and …

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Emphasizes-Safety-and-Importance-of-Vaccines.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/parent-questions.html

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10997/immunization-safety-review-vaccines-and-autism

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/QuestionsaboutVaccines/UCM070430#q5

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

National Public Health Week

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April 3- 9, 2017

Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week 2017 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation. We’re celebrating the power of prevention, advocating for healthy and fair policies, sharing strategies for successful partnerships and championing the role of a strong public health system.




Global Health Grand Rounds @Christiana Care

GLOBAL HEALTH SERIES: Migrant & Seasonal Agricultrual Workers Program – Health for the “Hands” that Feed Us.
Our speaker will be: Charita Jackson-Durosinmi


The Global Health Residency Tracks of Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association, are pleased to invite you to this month’s global heallth talk.

February is National Heart Month

February is National Heart Month!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men and women (1 in 4 deaths in the US).  Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for Heart Disease.  The good news is: everyone can reduce their risk!

Find out more here!

February Awareness

February is…

American Heart Month – http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month – http://www.groupbstrepinternational.org/

National Children’s Dental Health Month – http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month

African Heritage & Health Week (Feb 1 – 7) – http://oldwayspt.org/programs/african-heritage-health/african-heritage-health-week

World Cancer Day (Feb 4, 2017) – http://www.worldcancerday.org/

Give Kids a Smile Day (Feb 5, 2017) – http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/give-kids-a-smile

National Wear Red Day (Feb 5, 2017) – https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/hearttruth/materials/wear-red-toolkit.htm

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (Feb 7 – 14) – http://tchin.org/default.aspx

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb 7) – https://nationalblackaidsday.org/

National Donor Day (Feb 14) – https://www.organdonor.gov/index.html

National Eating Disorder Screening Program (Feb 21 – 27) – https://mentalhealthscreening.org/programs/initiatives